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How we make decisions

We follow government policy and gather information from patients, health professionals and partners to ensure that we commission the right healthcare, in the right place, at the right time. Commissioning decisions are made in public by our governing body.

Governing Body meetings

Government policy

The CCG acts in accordance with national policy and we follow policies and guidance issued by the Department of Health and NHS England. As part of this process, NHS England monitors our performance against a wide range of national targets and indicators.

Public and patient involvement

Listening to our patients is vital if we’re to commission better health services for our city. We take every opportunity to involve you in our decision-making and want to hear about your views and experiences.

Discover how you can make your voice heard.

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Engaging our members

The CCG is a membership organisation of GP practices in Bristol who know first-hand what healthcare and experiences people want. Ensuring that all 48 member practices engage in decision-making is a priority.

Every month, elected representatives from our member practices meet to comment on and contribute to commissioning plans at an early stage in their development.

Find out more about our members.

Clinical leadership

Our GP practice members are organised into locality groups representing three geographical areas of Bristol (Inner City and East Bristol, South Bristol and North and West Bristol). Each has a locality executive group (LEG), elected by their member practices.

Clinicians elected to the LEG lead specific areas of work, drawing on their knowledge of their patients, local community and their own health specialisms, e.g. long-term conditions, urgent care and dementia. Two leaders from each locality group sit on our governing body.

This ensures that decision-making is led by people who have first-hand clinical knowledge of local health needs.

Responding to local health needs

We work closely with Bristol City Council and other organisations to identify and establish health trends and health inequalities within Bristol. This enables us to commission services that address particular health needs. We do this by developing something called a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA).

Find out more about the priorities identified by the JSNA in Bristol’s health priorities, and about how we’re tackling these at a local level in our localities.

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